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Lake Oswego School District Hosts First Annual Safety Symposium

Event Rescheduled 

Lake Oswego School District is cancelling the Safety Symposium tonight. Our event headliner, Dr. Dean Sidelinger, State Health Officer with Oregon Health Authority, is unable to attend. Dr. Sidelinger is leading the state's public health response to coronavirus COVID-19. He and his team are working around the clock to support Lake Oswego and other communities throughout Oregon.

We in LOSD are grateful for the guidance and support from public health officials focused on the care and wellbeing of our community.
LOSD is committed to hosting the Safety Symposium.  We plan to reschedule the inaugural event later this spring. We will notify you as soon as we have a new date set.


Feb. 26, 2020 -- Lake Oswego School District (LOSD) is hosting its first annual Safety Symposium at Lakeridge High School in the auditorium on Tuesday, Mar. 3 from 6-9:15 p.m. 

The Safety Symposium is intended for mature audiences  and will provide information and tips from professionals and advocates to help ensure the safety and well-being of our students and schools.

Topics covered in the first annual event will include the dangers of e-cigarettes, secure gun storage and digital safety. Following is the itinerary for the evening:

  • Introduction: John Parke, Director of Safety and Security, LOSD
  • Opening remarks: How the teenage brain makes decisions: Jim Sanders, psychologist and Assistant Director of Student Services, LOSD
  • Dangers of e-cigarettes: Dr. Dean Sidelinger, MD, Oregon State Health Officer
  • Secure gun storage: Megan Busbee, Moms Demand Action; Debbie Lindgren and Katie Spurlock, BeSMART; and Tom O’Connor and Paul Kemp of GOFOR (Gun Owners for Responsible Ownership)
  • Digital (technology, phones and social media) safety tips: Bryan Sheldon, Safety Resource Officer for LOSD, Lake Oswego Police Department

“Keeping students, teachers and staff safe in our schools is the shared responsibility of all adult stakeholders. We are bringing together our community to discuss important safety topics as part of the district’s commitment to ensuring our schools are an inclusive and safe learning environment,” said John Parke, Director of Safety and Security for LOSD. “We plan to make the Safety Symposium an annual event where we bring in experts and resources to address timely topics of concern to our families.”


For more information, please contact Mary Kay Larson, Director of Communications, Lake Oswego School District,